Jury ac­quits DeKalb men of mur­der

Males claimed they were act­ing in self-de­fense.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Joshua Sharpe joshua.sharpe@ajc.com

Two Stone Moun­tain-area men were found not guilty of mur­der in a soured DeKalb County drug deal.

The jury re­sponded to de­fense at­tor­neys’ as­ser­tions the de­fen­dants had ac­tu­ally been act­ing in self-de­fense when one of them shot and killed 46-year-old An­tim- othy Davis on Horse Shoe Drive in South DeKalb on Nov. 18, 2017. Pa­trick Croskey and Krysh­lar Max­well, both 27, were ac­quit­ted of all charges Oct. 29, ex­cept for a pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon count for Max­well.

Croskey’s at­tor­ney Mau­rice Ken­ner told The At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion that Davis was the ag­gres­sor and shot Croskey in the leg while at­tempt­ing to rob him. The state had ar­gued it was Davis who was fir­ing in self de­fense.

Dis­trict At­tor­ney Sherry Bos­ton said her of­fice is “dis- ap­pointed with the out­come” but re­spects the jury’s de­ci­sion.

The de­fen­dants left the scene and were ar­rested after their car crashed nearby. Po­lice said they were flee- ing; the de­fen­dants said they were try­ing to get to the hospi­tal be­cause Croskey had been shot in the leg.

“It was a very scary expe- ri­ence,” Croskey said after be­ing re­leased from a year in jail. “It opened up my eyes to know that one min- ute you can be do­ing some- thing and ev­ery­thing can be changed.”

Max­well re­mains in cus­tody and will be sen­tenced on the firearm charge Nov. 27.

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